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  • November 16, 2010
  • 01:37 PM
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Medication and Self Managing Chronic Pain (ii)

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

If medication is to be part of a toolkit for self managing chronic pain, then it seems to me that it’s important to know as much about the medication and how it should be used as possible.  Once again, today I’m not directly referring to the literature because I haven’t found an awful lot discussing … Read more... Read more »

  • November 16, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,878 views

The more colourful the lie, the more people believe it, man!

by Caspar Addyman in Your Brain on Drugs

The Splintered Mind has a great guest piece by G. Randolph Mayes reflecting on John Allen Paulos’s latest piece in the New York Times, entitled “Stories vs. Statistics” , which reflects on counter intuitve work of Nobel prize winning work of Tversky and Kahneman on conjunction fallacies.... Read more »

  • November 16, 2010
  • 09:04 AM
  • 718 views

The Case of the Phantom Music

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Imagine a peaceful night of relaxation at home, you curled up in a favorite leather armchair with a novel downloaded on your Nook. Suddenly, you hear music, (whether it is the soaring refrains of Mozart’s Requiem or the building power-chords of Boston’s More than a Feelin’ is up to you), and you spring from your chair. Is it the neighbors? What could be causing this phenomenon? And why present this spooky imagined scenario twelve days after Halloween has ended?... Read more »

  • November 16, 2010
  • 02:00 AM
  • 371 views

The dramatic transformation of US-India relations over the past decade

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Reviving the momentum in US engagement with India: an American perspective From India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs Headlines last week announced President Barack Obama’s support for India to have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. This can be recognized as a major foreign policy statement by the United States. The two [...]... Read more »

  • November 15, 2010
  • 06:34 PM
  • 994 views

Williams Syndrome, Modularity and Language Evolution

by Hannah Little in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Williams Syndrome (WS) is a rare genetic condition which manifests itself as a severe deficit in development and IQ, however it leaves language ability largely unaffected and is, as a result, often cited as evidence for a specific language module (Bellugi et al. 1988), as language can be unaffected despite other mental deficits. This argument has . . . → Read More: Williams Syndrome, Modularity and Language Evolution... Read more »

Perovic A, & Wexler K. (2010) Development of verbal passive in Williams syndrome. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 53(5), 1294-306. PMID: 20631227  

  • November 15, 2010
  • 05:50 PM
  • 852 views

Not Paying Cash Means Buying More Junk Food

by David Berreby in Mind Matters


Governments have been trying a lot of new tricks lately to get people to eat more healthily, from calorie-count labels to taxes on soda to banning fast-food outlets from whole neighborhoods. This study suggests a simpler approach might work: It found people buy less junk food when they have to pay ...Read More
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  • November 15, 2010
  • 03:15 PM
  • 670 views

Around the web: male behavior

by Kate Clancy in Context & Variation

This post looks at the behavioral endocrinology of the human male.... Read more »

Levi, Maurice, Li, Kai, & Zhang, Feng. (2010) Deal or no deal: hormones and the mergers and acquisitions game. Management Science, 56(9), 1462-1483. info:/

  • November 15, 2010
  • 02:00 PM
  • 1,999 views

Evolving Together: Human Interference Not ALL Bad

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Is hindsight really 20/20? When we look at the past, we tend to imagine things as we wish they were, and not recall things as they actually were—nostalgia can be problematic. Romanticism of the past has given rise to ideas like the “Ruined Landscape” or “Lost Eden theory” which create pristine images of the past and argue that human activity is largely to blame for the overall degradation of landscapes. There is no denying that humans have had a lasting impact on the environment, howev........ Read more »

  • November 15, 2010
  • 01:26 PM
  • 719 views

Medication and self management for chronic pain

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

Last week a reader asked me for my take on using medications for chronic pain, so today I’m going to take a stab at this rather emotive and certainly very complex topic.  Before I do so, a word of warning – this is mainly my opinion and experience!  I’m also not a medical doctor, I … Read more... Read more »

  • November 15, 2010
  • 09:57 AM
  • 699 views

Does background music aid or impair reading comprehension?

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Everyone knows someone who likes to listen to some music while they work. Maybe it’s one of your kids, listening to the radio while they try to slog through their homework. Maybe it’s an uncle, playing his favorite record as he reads a book. Or maybe, god forbid, it’s a college senior browsing his iTunes as he desperately writes a last-minute blog post for his psychology seminar. Either way, they’re not alone – it’s a widely held popular belief that listening ........ Read more »

Stacey A. Anderson, & Gerald B. Fuller. (2010) Effect of Music on Reading Comprehension of Junior High School Students. School Psychology Quarterly, 25(3), 178-187. info:/10.1037/a0021213

  • November 15, 2010
  • 08:42 AM
  • 756 views

Money CAN buy happiness…well, sort of.

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

Who’d have thought we’d have gotten all this way in science and never studied whether money can buy happiness? Well, in fact, this HAS been studied, but the results have almost always been inconclusive. This probably has a lot to do with how it’s being studied, what ranges of monetary income you’re talking about, and [...]... Read more »

Kahneman D, & Deaton A. (2010) High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(38), 16489-93. PMID: 20823223  

  • November 14, 2010
  • 10:34 PM
  • 693 views

Corporate Social Responsibility

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

How far does corporate social responsibility go? While corporate social responsibility looks good on paper, how far are companies willing to not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk? For example, what should a company do if the authorities in a foreign country are clearing away residential areas (and removing residents without any compensation) to make room for industrial development that may allow said company to expand its offshored manufacturing facilities? Interfere? Do nothing? Milton........ Read more »

  • November 14, 2010
  • 06:12 PM
  • 575 views

Potential link between first-born children and health risks in adulthood

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture

Each year, we hear that people are gaining weight and that chronic health problems like obesity, heart problems, and diabetes are on the rise. It's commonplace to ascribe these trends to personal lifestyle choices, such as the lack of exercise and diet, as well as the increasingly pervasive nature of fast food and processed, high-sugar foods.
However, there may [...]... Read more »

  • November 14, 2010
  • 02:16 PM
  • 576 views

Seek and ye shall find (friends online)

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Who makes new friends on social networks online? If we are going by the "rich get richer" assumption, we would expect to find that people who are already socially active will find even more friends on SNS. On the other hand, it's possible that those who have troubles forming offline relationships will socialize more on the Web (the "social compensation" model). The third possibility is the "seek and ye shall find" model: people who believe it's possible to create online friendships would be mor........ Read more »

Tufekci, Z. (2010) Who Acquires Friends Through Social Media and Why? "Rich Get Richer" versus "Seek and Ye Shall Find". Proceedings of the 4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM, 2010). info:/

  • November 13, 2010
  • 05:50 PM
  • 813 views

How to win elections by changing beliefs in God

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Aaron Kay a psychologist at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada is interested in how people react when you make them feel like they're not in control of the situation they find themselves in.

He's previously shown that, if you disturb people's sense of control, then they tend to compensate by increasing their belief in a controlling god. In a separate study, he also showed that there's a similar relationship with attitudes to government. What seems to be happening is that, when people........ Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 06:50 PM
  • 1,229 views

Dutch Men Need Bigger Condoms

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

By surveying 2,350 men in five European countries, primarily by using the ‘Condom Fit and Feel Scale’, Dodge et al. (2010) came up with the conclusion that while most of these men had been happy with their prior condom experiences, there were some grumblings from the Dutch and the Slovenians. An interesting addition to the reasons behind 'why' some men choose not to engage in protected, safe sex, even though few of us could claim ‘ignorance’ on the importance of........ Read more »

Dodge, B., Reece, M., Herbenick, D., & Schick, V. (2010) Experiences of Condom Fit and Feel Among Men in Five European Nations. International Journal of Men's Health, 9(3), 175-183. DOI: 10.3149/jmh.0903.175  

  • November 12, 2010
  • 06:40 PM
  • 583 views

More attractive waitresses get more tips – “Well no shit, Sherlock” science

by thomastu in Disease Prone

I’m not writing about a disease this week. I know this, you don’t have to comment and chide on me about it. It’s not because I’ve run out of diseases to write about, but because my brain doesn’t work in a particularly directed kind of way sometimes. This is what it came up with this [...]... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 06:40 PM
  • 469 views

More attractive waitresses get more tips – “Well no shit, Sherlock” science

by Thomas Tu in Disease of the week!

I’m not writing about a disease this week. I know this, you don’t have to comment and chide on me about it. It’s not because I’ve run out of diseases to write about, but because my brain doesn’t work in … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 04:31 PM
  • 884 views

Why Our Deficit Problem Is A Medical Issue

by David Berreby in Mind Matters


Over at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum has nailed the real problem with the deficit-cutting ideas floated the other day by the the co-chairs of President Obama's Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Their trial balloon concentrates on discretionary spending and Social Security. But the real ...Read More
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van Baal, P., Polder, J., de Wit, G., Hoogenveen, R., Feenstra, T., Boshuizen, H., Engelfriet, P., & Brouwer, W. (2008) Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure. PLoS Medicine, 5(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050029  

  • November 12, 2010
  • 02:45 PM
  • 592 views

Model Identification and Computer Algebra

by Christopher Winship in SMR Blog

Kenneth A. Bollen and Shawn Bauldry, Model Identification and Computer Algebra, Sociological Methods & Research 2010 39: 127-156. Multiequation models that contain observed or latent variables are common in the social sciences. To determine whether unique parameter values exist for such models, one needs to assess model identification. In practice, analysts rely on empirical checks that [...]... Read more »

Bollen, K., & Bauldry, S. (2010) Model Identification and Computer Algebra. Sociological Methods , 39(2), 127-156. DOI: 10.1177/0049124110366238  

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